Offensive Security has released the newest version of Kali Linux 2021.2, the newest version of its popular open source pen testing platform. Now you can download it or upgrade to the latest version.
Kali Linux 2021.2 updates
Kali Linux has introduced two new tools for making Kali more easier to use: Kaboxer and Kali-Tweaks.
What is Kaboxer
Kaboxer is the short term for “Kali Applications Boxer ”. Offensive Security has released the Kaboxer tool which is used for packaging “tricky” applications into Docker containers so these tricky applications can be used on Kali. These help us to include more apps that are hard to package correctly due to highly complex dependencies, legacy programs and library files.One of the major things is that these apps need to run in isolation.
The Offensive Security has already “Kaboxed” several apps like Firefox Developer Edition (as an example of how the tool works for a posh large GUI application) and Zenmap (the official Nmap GUI is an another example of an app that relies on deprecated libraries not available in Kali Linux).
What is Kali-Tweaks
Kali-Tweaks is an automation tool.Offensive Security has added Kali-Tweaks to Kali aimed at helping Kali users to customize their OS quickly and painlessly. For example, Kali-Tweaks can be used to install or remove any groups of tools, change the users default login shell and enable or disable “bleeding-edge” and “experimental” branches. New opinions in the works and users are welcome to suggest tweaks that they would find more helpful.
Disabled Privileged Ports
The Kali Linux 2021.2 does not require superuser access for opening a listener on TCP and UDP ports 0-1023.They removed the restriction of requiring privilege permission using the TCP & UDP ports under 1024.
New Tools in Kali
CloudBrute – It is a tool used for finding a company infrastructure, files, and apps on top cloud providers
Dirsearch – this tool is used for brute-forcing directories and files on web servers.
Feroxbuster – used for recursive content discovery.
Ghidra – It is the latest reverse engineering tool suite created by the NSA
Pacu – an AWS exploitation framework
Peirates – a Kubernetes penetration tool
Quark-Engine – an Android malware scoring system
VSCode a.k.a. Visual Studio Code Open Source (“Code-OSS”) – a code editor
A refreshed Bleeding-Edge branch (which contains the packages that will automatically be updated from the upstream git repositories)
Two new packages for Raspberry Pi (kalipi-config and kalipi-tft-config)
New Kali-Docker image supports(now supporting ARM64 & ARM v7)
Provide full support for Apple M1 users who have Parallels
Kali NetHunter support for Android 11 (provides improvements to Bluetooth and settings menus, improved compatibility with dynamic partitions, and more)
New desktop wallpapers and login backgrounds, and theme enhancements are added
People who have upgraded are able to spott that there is a new default login wallpaper and desktop background.